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I read a lot of business articles and occasionally I come across some excellent quotations. All are either inspirational, insightful or educational. Although some famous quotes are included here, the majority are unique. You can find all of these on my other site, MBA Depot, but I offer them here as well for convenience. — JB


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Traditional theories and frameworks pertaining to strategic resource allocation – such as the famous BCG growth-share matrix, (or the very similar GE/McKinsey matrix) which categorizes businesses according to market share and growth potential –omit consideration of synergies. Paradoxically, these frameworks, which have been synonymous with corporate strategy, give short shrift … [Read more]
— Phanish Puranam
Most startups don’t spend nearly enough time recognizing people. Most people need to know their managers and org leaders see their hard work and value it. They’re hungry for this type of acknowledgment. When you tell a story about them, you kick their motivation into hyperdrive, and you make them … [Read more]
— Don Faul
If you don’t have a past experience you can use to connect to your team’s current plight, get familiar with what’s happening for them now. Listen to their stories, so you can eventually tell one that will speak to people and make them feel seen.— Don Faul
I firmly believe that leaders at companies need to be in service to their people. They need to ensure they have everything they need to succeed. One of the most critical needs they have is a complete picture of why they should show up and pour their heart into their … [Read more]
— Don Faul
... people attach emotion to individuals. They love rooting for people. They love experiencing the world through others’ eyes. The more you can tell stories about actual people that connect to the broader purpose, the more your audience will feel and not simply hear what you are trying to tell … [Read more]
— Don Faul

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In principle, patents open up innovations in two ways. First, they confer only temporary rights; once patents expire or are abandoned, the intellectual property they … [Read more]
— The Economist
As for the genius of innovation, clearly the one percent spark of inspiration is nurtured … [Read more]
— Stephanie Quappe, David Samso Aparici, Jon Warshawsky
Money never comes first in self-expression of any kind.— William J. Reilly
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could … [Read more]
— Theodore Roosevelt
The uncomfortable fact for many green marketers--and targets of that marketing--is that genuinely going green would mean giving up most of the products and services … [Read more]
— David Roberts
In the higher-status service occupations, such as in the church and the army, one customarily behaves ritualistically, not rationally. In the lower-status service occupations, one … [Read more]
— Theodore Levitt
In many companies, business unit managers are rewarded solely on the basis of their performance against return on investment targets. Unfortunately, that often leads to … [Read more]
— Gary Hamel and C.K. Prahalad
There are two dominant mindsets in the world of business or any kind of organization. One is a productive mindset, and it says it's a … [Read more]
— Chris Argyris
The first problem with labeling a particular style of investing "socially responsible" is that it suggests that other kinds of investing are not. So it's … [Read more]
— Henry Blodget
An environment that supports learning has four distinguishing characteristics: psychological safety, appreciation of differences, openness to new ideas, time for reflection.— David Garvin and Amy Edmondson

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